Most popular anime in America

Discussion in 'The Anime Forum' started by gtadbzman, Feb 16, 2009.

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Which do you think is the most popular anime?

  1. Speed Racer

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  2. Pokemon

    49 vote(s)
    60.5%
  3. Dragon Ball Z

    21 vote(s)
    25.9%
  4. Gundam

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  5. Naruto

    8 vote(s)
    9.9%
  6. Bleach

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  7. Yu-Gi-Oh!

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  8. Sailor Moon

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  9. Voltron

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  10. Afro Samurai

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  11. Macross

    2 vote(s)
    2.5%
  12. InuYasha

    1 vote(s)
    1.2%
  13. Fullmetal Alchemist

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  14. Astro Boy

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  15. Ghost in the Shell

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  1. gtadbzman

    gtadbzman 900 Horses of Detroit Muscle

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    This thread is for what you think is the most popular anime in America ever. If I forgot some suggestions, please tell me. I'm not counting movies only such as Spirited Away.
     
  2. HellCat

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    It's all about da Pokey Mans.
     
  3. Taekmkm

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    Yeah, it's clearly no contest. Pokemon is the most popular show, based on advertisement and the fact that it's still going. Most of the choices aren't even known among casuals.
     
  4. gtadbzman

    gtadbzman 900 Horses of Detroit Muscle

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    I'm having a hard time between Pokemon, Speed Racer, and DBZ. DBZ's the top anime property in the US and has been an elite anime in America for years but Speed Racer and Pokemon are just a step ahead. It's either Pokemon or Speed Racer probably. Yu-Gi-Oh! isn't far behind either.
     
  5. Mr. Anime

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    I'd say Pokemon is better known as a game than anime series and that the most well-known of the lot listed here would probably be Dragonball Z.
     
  6. gtadbzman

    gtadbzman 900 Horses of Detroit Muscle

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    Very true. Yu-Gi-Oh! is more popular as a game than a series probably. Speed Racer is also very popular because of the movie and all the products and advertising that was poured into the movie.
     
  7. HellCat

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    Speed Racer popular by the movie? The same Speed Racer that flopped and the toys are STILL stinking up toy aisles?
     
  8. Cassie Star

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    I agree with HellCat about Speed Racer.

    At least in the USA, it's always had a bit of a cult following and nothing more.
     
  9. gtadbzman

    gtadbzman 900 Horses of Detroit Muscle

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    Yes, I know the movie bombed, but there was so much advertising in that movie that it really made more people aware of its exsistance. It was already popular to begin with.
     
  10. King

    King I'M GOING TO JAPAN!

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    Dragonball (Z) and Pokemon are pretty high-up on the list!
     
  11. HellCat

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    Awareness, popularity and cult success are very different things.
     
  12. Gold Guy

    Gold Guy This ain't Pokemon!

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    As much as I hate to say it, Pokemon. C'mon, every kid knows about it. Back in the day, Sailor Moon and Dragonball were HUGE, but now almost no new anime fan has even watched those.
     
  13. GWOtaku

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    In today's world, it has to be Pokemon followed by DBZ. Pikachu is in the Macy's Thanksgiving parade, here. I'm guessing Naruto is third considering the manga's popularity, then Yu-Gi-Oh, and then...Sailor Moon? It had its following in the 90's.

    The biggest cult following is probably Ghost in the Shell. Even when I was a newbie to anime, I at least knew the name.

    I have no illusions that this is all conjecture. Until somebody actually does a poll testing name recognition......also, it doesn't seem so easy to me to compare the popularity of a series in the last generation to popularity today. I mean, comparing some of these is almost like comparing Thundercats or GI Joe to Avatar or Spongebob.
     
  14. drbill28

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    I picked pokemon because of it's longevity of being constantly on air (having new episodes the whole time or not).
     
  15. CyberCubed

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    Considering Pokemon has been going for 10 years in the U.S., its obviously doing something right.
     
  16. gtadbzman

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    Yeah, it's probably Pokemon with DBZ in a very close second.
     
  17. Light Lucario

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    I'm going with Pokemon too. I can see DBZ still being popular and all, with having games still coming out with their characters, but Pokemon has been going strong for over ten years and I think is the most recognizable anime series with the general public. After all Pikachu still has a float in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
     
  18. King

    King I'M GOING TO JAPAN!

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    True, I still know the first Dub song of Pokemon by heart. :D
     
  19. gtadbzman

    gtadbzman 900 Horses of Detroit Muscle

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    Sorta like how everybody knows the DBZ dub song "Rock the Dragon" :lol:. I remember one time, I rewinded one of my old VHS tapes to hear "Rock the Dragon" like 20 times in a row. LOL :anime:
     
  20. J!!!

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    Why isn't there Robotech on that list that is one of the first anime's ever to get a good english adaption
     

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